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Libertarian Party
LeaderAdam Brown[1]
Founded21 November 2007[2]
HeadquartersBM LPUK, London, WC1N 3XX
Youth wingYoung Libertarians[3]
International affiliationInternational Alliance of Libertarian Parties,[5]
Colours     Blue      Gold

The Libertarian Party, also known as the Libertarian Party UK (or LPUK), is a libertarian political party in the United Kingdom.[4][2] The party describes itself as being a "Classically Liberal Regionalist and Minarchist organisation".[4] Adam Brown has been the party's leader since August 2015.[1][7]


The party was founded on 1 January 2008 under the leadership of Patrick Vessey who registered the name with the Electoral Commission on 21 November 2007.[2] Annual accounts held by the Electoral Commission, show that the party claimed to have 314 members at the end of 2008, and a net annual income of £3,395. By December 2009, the party claimed 500 members.[8] In May 2008, the Daily Telegraph leader writer, Alex Singleton, explained why the founders would have been better advised to set up a pressure group rather than a party. Singleton believed the new party would reduce the influence of libertarianism.[9]

On 17 September 2008, Vessey resigned as party leader and was replaced by Ian Parker-Joseph, an IT consultant.[citation needed] Interviewed before the 2010 elections, Parker-Joseph claimed many policies which interfered with personal liberty were initiated by IT companies who invited ministers to their conferences.[10] The party claimed a membership of 1,000 and hoped, in the wake of the MP expenses scandal, "to establish themselves in the media landscape with a couple of robust performances".[10] He said the party wanted much smaller government and would initially cut taxation to 10% before removing it altogether.[11] It could remove many layers of bureaucracy from the NHS to make it as efficient as private industry.[10] On 28 November 2010, Andrew Withers was elected as party leader.[12][better source needed]

Following an internal ballot on 15 August 2015, party members elected Adam Brown as the party leader.[1] Brown had previously been an "unknown" Conservative councillor for Broadfield North until a fictitious biography appeared on Wikipedia.[13]

Election results[edit]

Local elections[edit]

In the 2009 local elections, Andrew Hunt came bottom in Cambridgeshire, Wisbech South, with 140 votes.[14] In the United Kingdom local elections, 2010 Stuart Heal came bottom in Manchester City Council, Miles Platting and Newton Heath ward.[15]

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Thomas Burridge contested the Norwich North by-election in July 2009, placing second from last with 36 votes (0.1%).[16] The party contested two constituencies in the United Kingdom general election, 2010, coming last with 141 votes (0.3%) in Devizes, and second to last with 41 votes (0.1%) Sutton and Cheam.[17]

2010 General Election
Constituency Candidate Votes %
Devizes Nic Coome 141 0.3[18]
Sutton & Cheam Martin Cullip 41 0.1[19]

The party declined to field Parliamentary candidates at the 2015 general election, describing it as a "waste of time and funds" due to the first past the post electoral system.[12]

The party had candidates in four constituencies in the 2017 general election: Portsmouth North,[20] Blaydon,[21] Basingstoke[22] and Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle.[23] It came last in three of these and second to last in the fourth, with less than 0.5% of the vote in all four.

2017 General Election
Constituency Candidate Votes %
Basingstoke Scott Neville 213 0.4[24]
Blaydon Michael Marchetti 114 0.2[25]
Hull West & Hessle Will Taylor 67 0.2[26]
Portsmouth North Joe Jenkins 130 0.3[27]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Adam Brown is Elected New Party Leader for Libertarians UK", Press release, Libertarian Party UK, 6 October 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Electoral Commission registration (Online search of registration database at http://search.electoralcommission.org.uk/English/Registrations/PP684)
  3. https://www.facebook.com/YoungLibertariansUK
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Home Page". Libertarian Party UK. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. "Under Construction". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. "INTERLIBERTARIANS Together in freedom". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  7. "THA Talks - Adam Brown - The Libertarian Party UK". thatalks.com. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  8. Electoral Commission registration (Online search of statements of account database at https://pefonline.electoralcommission.org.uk/Search/SOASearch.aspx)
  9. Alex Singleton (30 May 2008). "How Libertarians undermine liberty". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Interview: The Libertarian party". Politics.co.uk. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  11. "Libertarian Party plans to clear national debt". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Croucher, Shane (2015-04-29). "Election 2015: Meet the Libertarian Party UK, which wants to turn Britain into Switzerland". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  13. "THE WORLD FAMOUS COUNCILLOR". Crawley and Horley Observer. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2006.
  14. "Cambridgeshire County Council Election Results 2009". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  15. "Elections:Election Results for Miles Platting and Newton Heath Ward". Manchester.gov.uk. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  16. [1]
  17. Electoral Commission: 2010 UK general election – Parties and Third Parties, Political parties and third parties campaign expenditure at the 2010 UK Parliamentary general election August 25, 2010 archived
    - Electoral Commission: UK general election 2010 Results for Devizes
    - Electoral Commission:Report on campaign spending at the 2010 UK Parliamentary general election archived February 24, 2011
    - "Election 2010: Constituency: Sutton & Cheam". BBC News. May 2010.
    - "Election 2010: Constituency: Devizes". BBC News. May 2010.
  18. UK General Election results May 2010 at politicsresources.net
  19. UK General Election results May 2010 at politicsresources.net
  20. Portsmouth North constituency returning officer: Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll, 11 May 2017
  21. Blaydon constituency returning officer: Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll, 11 May 2017
  22. Basingstoke constituency returning officer: Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll, 11 May 2017
  23. Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle constituency returning officer: Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll, 11 May 2017
  24. "Election 2017: Basingstoke", BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  25. "Election 2017: Blaydon", BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  26. "Election 2017: Hull West & Hessle", BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  27. "Election 2017: Portsmouth North", BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.

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